UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AWARENESS
You can bring the most diverse people to the table if you like, red, yellow, black, white, gay, straight – gosh you could even bring women to the table – but if what is going on around the outside of them is toxic, they are not going to perform, they are not going to give you their best. You are going to chip away at their self-esteem bit by bit until finally they check out their brains (sometimes it’s years) before they check out their bodies. Therein is where unconscious bias lies.
At any given moment, our brains are receiving 11 million pieces of information. We can only consciously process about 40 of those pieces. To process the rest, we rely on our subconscious, which helps us filter information by taking mental shortcuts. Unconscious bias refers to the information, attitudes, and stereotypes that inform our subconscious information-processing and dictates the process by which we take these mental shortcuts.
Unconscious bias in the workplace creates a unique challenge because it involves more than just behavior. It involves the way each person in your workforce processes information and makes decisions.
This workshop teaches your workforce about unconscious bias and shows employees how to make evidence-based decisions to increase inclusion and the quality of decision-making throughout your organization.
Customised Delivery Duration
Face to Face 2 or 3 Hours
Virtual 2 Hour Session
Who Will Benefit?
All employees within the organisation should take this course.
- Building Inclusion for Line Managers
- Building Inclusion for Individuals
- Sustained & Measurable Embedding Programmes
- Masterclass for D&I Professionals
- Masterclass for HR Professionals
- Masterclass for Recruiting Professionals
- Unconscious Bias Awareness
The course explains how we can overcome our unconscious bias to improve decision making and professional relationships, and to create more open, inclusive and effective organisations. Using examples and interactive exercises the course takes a straightforward look at one of the most important current issues in diversity management.
- What is Unconscious Bias (Implicit Bias)?
- Strategies to Combat Unconscious Biases
- The Damaging Effects of Unconscious Bias: Research Studies and Statistics
- Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process and Decision-Making
- Tips and Tricks for Recognizing Unconscious Bias
- There are several actions that are suggested as follow-on to the workshop, including: encouraging participants to:
- become students of themselves, to be more aware of their own biases.
- consciously think about how they judge people and themselves
- ask questions rather than make assumptions that may reflect their biases.
- be the unconscious change they want to see in the world
- mentor someone different than themselves.
- All in it together – If we accept we’re all naturally unconsciously biased we can develop a shared and an individual responsibility to address this – we can’t pass the buck to someone else.
- Understanding bias – What’s the difference between bias, prejudice and stereotyping?
- Unconscious bias in the workplace and why it matters – How unconscious bias affects decision making in activities such as recruitment, people development, performance management, leadership and marketing.
- Types of bias – An exploration of how unconscious bias works, including ‘implicit association’, ‘affinity bias,’ and ‘the unconscious organisation’.
- How to override natural bias – Practical ways to challenge our own biases, to consciously break habits and to do things differently